Prestigious NSTF-BHP Billiton Award for ARTIST project

5 Jul 2013 - 16:15

ArtistThe Communications Research Group from 2009: Back Row, left to right: Damiano Kamanga, Mthulisi Velempini, 2nd row, left to right: Guy-Alain Lusilao-Zodi, Rodgers Mbao, Nakato Kakande, Sabelo Dlamini, Gerhard De Jager, Front row, Left to right: Mzabalazo Lupupa, Sikute Sankama, Mqhele Dlodlo, Alexandru Murgu and Smart Lubobya (missing in the photograph are Rohini Koduri, Lehlohonolo Mohasi and Veronica Sentongo)

The NSTF-BHP Billiton award for An Individual or a Team for an Outstanding Contribution to SETI through Research Leading to Innovation went to the Adaptive Real-Time Internet Streaming Technology (ARTIST) Team, a collaborative effort between UCT (represented by Professor Gerhard de Jager and Associate Professor Mqhele Dlodlo) the CSIR, and East Coast Access.

The awards honour outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation in the South African research and development community. Winners in the 12 categories were announced at a gala dinner in Gauteng on 27 June, presented by the Minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel, on behalf of Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom.

Professor Dlodlo, from the Communications Research Group in the Department of Electrical Engineering, says that the award would not have been possible without the five postgraduate students who contributed to the project. They were Veronica Sentongo, Josephine Nakato Kakande, Smart Charles Lubobya , Naga Rohini Koduri, and Guy-Alain Lusilao-Zodi.

The ARTIST allows streaming video to be viewed on mobile devices, in low bandwidth or congested environments. A patent was submitted that has been incorporated as part of the commercialisation process that led to the formation of Tuluntulu.